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Erick Lindgren Finally Earns a Gold Bracelet

by AintLuck.com Poker Team

Erick “E-Dog” Lindgren is unequivocally one of the best poker players in the world, but one thing has eluded him during his career, and that was the coveted WSOP Gold Bracelet.  That has changed as of today.  Erick can sleep a bit easier tonight as he took home the Gold Bracelet in Event Number 4, the $5,000 Mixed Hold’em tournament, beating an impressive poker pro field including the final table with Justin Bonomo.

Event #4 2008 WSOP - Mixed Limit Hold’em

Event #4 at this year’s WSOP is a mixed limit Hold’em event which combines both limit and no limit play into the same game.  For the first half of each level, players must compete in limit format and players then switch to no limit play in the second portion of the level.  To compensate for the increase in volatility of the game in no-limit, the blinds are moved to half the limit structure.

Final Table at Event #4

Going into the final table, the players and the chip counts were as follows:

David Rheem — 750,000
David Williams — 590,000
Justin Bonomo — 400,000
Roland de Wolfe — 335,000
Isaac Haxton — 227,000
Erick Lindgren — 201,500
Andrew Robl — 190,000
Howard Lederer — 180,000
Pat Pezzin — 160,000

The final table took about 9 hours to play but after all the eliminations, the final heads-up match was between Erick Lindgren and recently signed Bodog Poker pro, Justin Bonomo. Lindgren is a member of team Full Tilt Poker, so we had dual not only between poker pro heavyweights, but bragging rights in the Internet poker world between Bodog and Full Tilt Poker.

Final Hand at the Mixed Hold’em Event

Flop: 10s 5s 3d

Turn: 4h

River: 8h

At this point, Bonomo went all in and the players flipped their hole cards to determine the winner.

Bonomo:  5s 4s

Erick Lindgren: Ah 2d

Lindgren won the hand with his turned straight,  Ah-2d-3d-4h-5s

Lindgren was awarded with the top prize of $374,505, while Bonomo was able to take home $230,159 for the second place finish.

Erick Lindgren History

Erick Lindgren is no stranger to poker success, but this was in fact his first Gold Bracelet at a WSOP.  He has an impressive list of poker accomplishments including two WPT championships, 14WSOP cashes, the Poker Million III top prize, the 2007 Aussie Millions, and over $6 Million in tournament winnings.  With his win today, Lindgren moves up to 20th on the all time top money list.

Erick was born in California, but now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a sports guy, playing basketball and football in California, once an All-League quarterback, but now takes his competitive spirit to the felt.   Lindren is a member of Team Full Tilt and plays exclusively online at Full Tilt Poker.

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